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You avoid using your basement because of the musty odors and unsightly mold growth. What you may not think about is the impact the mold is having on the indoor air quality and structural integrity of your home.
Mold is everywhere, even in your Connecticut home. It is nature’s tool to break down dead organic matter. Mold spores are the microscopic reproductive element of mold which floats on the air currents both inside and outside your homes looking for ideal conditions to grow.
Once these conditions are found, they will continue to grow as long as all three are present. They will go dormant if one element is removed only to thrive again when it returns.
You know you have mold when you start to smell a musty, woodsy odor. This odor you smell is the VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds released by mold as part of the natural metabolic process of mold consuming organic material.
Most of the time these VOC’s are not toxic, however, there are some types of mold that do produce toxic VOC’s. Most people call these molds toxic black mold.
One of the better known toxic black molds is Stachybotrys chartarum, although it is not always black and more frequently a combination of black and green.
While all molds produce VOC’s which cause allergy and asthma symptoms and many molds may appear black, only a few produce the VOC’s that are considered toxic. These toxic molds can cause a multitude of health and neurological symptoms and should be remediated immediately.
The typical home always contains plenty of air and organic material for food. All that is needed for mold to grow is water. You can minimize your chances of having a mold problem by acting quickly to address water leaks.
The most common sources of water are roof or plumbing leaks that seem minor so they are left for extended periods of time. Stachybotrys is one of the mold types that require constant running water so make sure to address leaks quickly.
If you see visible mold growth you need mold remediation immediately, the type is not important. If you smell mold but don’t see mold you may benefit from an air quality test and site inspection by a certified mold remediation contractor.
This would let you know the type and the most likely location of the mold growth. You may be inclined to avoid hiring a contractor in favor of just using bleach to kill the mold.
While this method should be adequate for a non-porous surface, it is not an effective remediation technique. Household bleach is mostly water and it only addresses the mold growth on the surface of porous surfaces leaving water behind to feed the subsurface mold structure resulting in a reemergence of the mold. It is always best to get the advice of a competent mold remediation professional.
The State of Connecticut does not currently license or certify mold inspection and remediation contractors so be sure you are working with a mold remediation contractor who’s employees are certified by an accredited training facility in the IICRC S520 Standard or other nationally recognized standard.
Mold remediation should always be carried out by a contractor who adheres to a minimum Standard of Practice recognized by the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI) or other such nationally recognized trade association.
The key to preventing mold growth is to quickly repair any and all conditions that allow water to enter your home. Most of the time you know where water entered the home and for how long. These areas are the first places you should direct the home or mold inspectors. Always consider Value Dry for foundation waterproofing and repair or crawl space encapsulation to address water leaks below grade.
2011 - 2016
2011 - 2016